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Meeting of the Parliament 01 March 2017 : 01 March 2017 View PDF version
The Minister for Transport and the Islands (Humza Yousaf)

I thank Alexander Stewart for lodging the motion, and the members who lodged similar motions, and I congratulate them for their cross-party approach to the issue. My experience shows that th...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 22 February 2017 [Draft] : 22 February 2017 View PDF version
Humza Yousaf

Yes, for a number of reasons. Our desire and ambition as a Government is to reverse the decline in bus patronage as a whole and, as I have said, the national conc...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 22 February 2017 [Draft] : 22 February 2017 View PDF version
Humza Yousaf

The cap is agreed through a negotiated process, and if it is breached—and there have been years when payments have been higher—that is, contractually speaking, a ...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 22 February 2017 [Draft] : 22 February 2017 View PDF version
Humza Yousaf

It should certainly have no impact. The fundamental basis of our discussion with the CPT is that the bus industry should be no better and no worse off. If it is n...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 22 February 2017 [Draft] : 22 February 2017 View PDF version
Humza Yousaf

It is not the case that it just entitles you to go on a bus. It entitles you to go on a bus and travel anywhere in Scotland for free. That is a pretty good conces...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 22 February 2017 [Draft] : 22 February 2017 View PDF version
Humza Yousaf

No, I can answer and I will ask Tom Davy to confirm. We fund the national concessionary travel scheme for buses. Any local scheme is the responsibility of the loc...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 22 February 2017 [Draft] : 22 February 2017 View PDF version
Humza Yousaf

Yes. I do not have the number on me, but we know how many have it.

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 22 February 2017 [Draft] : 22 February 2017 View PDF version
Humza Yousaf

We are saying that the bus element of the transport chapter—this relates to the previous discussion—is about reversing the decline in bus patronage across the boa...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 22 February 2017 [Draft] : 22 February 2017 View PDF version
Humza Yousaf

No, I do. I am saying that it is an increase.

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 22 February 2017 [Draft] : 22 February 2017 View PDF version
Humza Yousaf

It is an increase—that is the point. Not only is it an increase, we are considering the long-term sustainability of the scheme. If the cap had been lower than the...

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